New Orleans Firefighters Pay Back Katrina Aid

Associated Press - November 27, 2012

NEW ORLEANS -- The New Orleans Fire Department is returning the help given to Louisiana after Hurricane Katrina by firefighters and other emergency workers from New York.

Spokeswoman Carlene Barthe says the first of three groups of New Orleans firefighters was heading out Tuesday to help New York emergency workers with Hurricane Sandy recovery work. The third group will leave Dec. 15.

They're calling it "Big Easy to the Big Apple."

Fire Superintendent Charles Parent says they're heeding Mayor Mitch Landrieu's call to pay it forward. He says Southwest Airlines is donating round-trip flights for the firefighters.